Death toll passes 1 200

2012-12-31 18:14

Johannesburg - The death toll on South African roads has reached 1 200, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) said on Monday afternoon.

Spokesperson Ashref Ismail said 1 207 people were killed in 1 006 accidents since the beginning of December. "No major fatal crashes have been reported in the last 96 hours," he said.

"No provincial or road user breakdown data are available at this stage. Analysis, comparisons and conclusions will be a made at the end of the campaign when the schools re-open."

The North West province recorded over 60 deaths since the beginning of December, the public safety department said.

Spokesperson Lesolang Simon Mmope said four people died on Sunday, bringing the provincial toll to 62.

"The death toll stands at over 60. Stations reported only four fatalities this morning."

He said roadblocks would be conducted on major entry and exit routes in the province from Monday.

"The focus will be on speeding, reckless driving and drunken driving," Mmope said.

In Johannesburg there had been no accidents in the past 48 hours, the city metro police said.

There was a high visibility of traffic officers, who were focusing on drunken driving and excessive speed, said Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar.

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 18:19

    Well done ZA! We reach targets like no other country on earth.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 21:35

      @Leonardb1 - and look at who sit behind steering wheels. We're a nation of children, always blaming someone else for our bad behaviour. Our bad behaviour starts long before we meet the law. Just because enforcers aren't around 24/7, on every street corner, in every home, doesn't exonerate us from what we know is wrong.

      lawrence.ostle - 2013-01-01 05:19

      Australia is at 36 so far.

  • nick.nortje.12 - 2012-12-31 18:32

    Well done RTMC, maybe next year spend less time hiding in the bushes trying to make a buck and be visible so everyone will see you. TIA

  • seymore.butt - 2012-12-31 18:40

    Nature's way of improving the gene pool! Happy New Year to the once alive by tomorrow.

      Bob - 2012-12-31 18:53

      Somewhat true. It's those innocent people who those incompetent/drunk/ignorant drivers kill that didn't deserve it. They should tally the number of said drivers involved in the deaths and subtract it from the statistical total - those people don't deserve to be accounted for.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 19:19

      As a victim of an head-on collision (I was in the backseat), rendered incapable of contributing to the gene pool at all and about to have my 17th operation (which will cost me R25 000 after Discovery's 'contribution'), I want to say well done f-wit and all other f-wits out there. I have had 27 years of agony and operations and never-ending medical bills. And all you got was a fine.

      bless.boswell - 2012-12-31 19:34

      Lacrimose: I join you in your misery. Not as many surgeries but years of agony - rear end collision resulting in a cervical fusion. The cops took the drunken bastard home and that was the end if it for him. I hope that karma is keeping an eye on them for us - they have a lot to answer for. I wish you better for the future.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 21:51

      @bless.boswell - Kudos on your strength and determination and very sorry to learn of your suffering. Thanks for your support. Road deaths are terrible but nothing is ever given for those who are traumatised, maimed, mutilated but survive. Such is the attitude of our society. As long as you didn't kill someone, it's OK. In this respect the law very much represents society' attitudes.

  • John - 2012-12-31 18:43

    How many people died of AIDS related diseases? How many died from heart disease? How many died of cancer? OH! Who cares? There's no MONEY to be made out of these people! IT'S ONLY AN EXCUSE TO EXTRACT MONEY FROM THE MOTORING TRAVELLER!

  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-31 18:53

    This government = corruption = bought licenses for idiot dippy's who cant drive which = a gazillion deaths every year. change the leaders, change results!

  • andre.ackermann.14 - 2012-12-31 18:55

    My wish for 2013 is that the authorities stop targeting the wrong people to justify the death toll on SA roads. Please focus on drunken driving, pedestrians, taxis, busses, and non-road worthy vehicles, those who jump red traffic lights and stop blaming speed and hiding behind bushes to fill their pockets. Above all,do it throughout the year and be consistant and fix the pot holes.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-31 19:10

      Andre, you are spot on. At an average of 38 death per day - every day of the year - we are not seeing any significant difference this month. Just an excuse to target holiday makers and justify their expensive campaigns.

  • andre.maritz.773 - 2012-12-31 19:04

    Excellent! Blame the RTMC. Blame Metro Police. Blame SA Police. Blame the ANC. Blame the Minister. Blame the taxis. Blame everyone except those who drive drunk, too fast, overtake on solid barrier lines, etc. I challenge all those slating everyone above, to think and answer the following rhetorical question. Did you break less than 3 road laws during the past month? If yes, slate away. If no, rather keep quiet.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-12-31 19:12

      Andre, the point is we want these officials to actually DO something about the drunk drivers, those who ignore the laws and the arrogant. What we don't want is a stupid campaign that means zero...

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 19:42

      @squeegee.pilot - we also want people to do something about their really rubbish attitudes. Some days it seems as if people get into their cars looking for a fight, needing to dominate. For what? If you're travelling for 300 km at 120 and someone else is driving at 160 (both constantly) the 160k/h driver gets 'there' roughly 30 mins earlier. Is your life, or anyone else's life, really worth 30 minutes?

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-12-31 21:02

      How does the road death toll rate in the New South Africa compare to the Old? The road death toll doubled between 1994 - 2003. Where were all the drunk drivers during the Old SA? How come now and not then? The ANC has been in power for almost two decades, surely it is about time they get taken seriously and treated accordingly!

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-12-31 21:37

      In SA driver skills are tested to the limit & unlicensed drivers, unroadworthy vehicles, poor quality roads are a major road hazard. Road fatalities have increased dramatically since 1994 because of incompatible road users, poor vehicle condition, under-developed infrastructure, lack of risk awareness, and ineffective enforcement jeopardised by corruption and bribery. Anyone who believes the ANC have the intellect or the mental capacity to run the country or keep the citizens of the country safe, is living in LaLa land.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-12-31 22:00

      @denise.ryan.5203 - and between 1990 and 2008 (the last stats I could find), the number of vehicles on the same roads grew by 3000%. So there is no basis of comparison between pre- and post-apartheid road fatalaties, just the volume of vehicles. Volume of vehicles go up, road deaths go up.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-12-31 22:20

      lacrimosewolf - I agree number of vehicles increased but not on 'SAME' roads. That's where the problem lies. See AA report... While SA roads face a construction backlog of almost R100-billion, motorists are spending some R50-billion annually to have pothole-related damage to their vehicles repaired. The AA issued a warning over 4 years ago that SA roads were fast becoming irreparable and that in another 30 years there won't be any sealed roads left to maintain. The AA conducted a study in 2008 by measuring road conditions on a scale of zero (worst condition) to 100 (best condition), according to the so-called visible-condition index (VCI). The index dropped from 65 in 1998 to 46 in 2008. The AA also reported that about 60% of national & provincial roads are in poor or very poor condition, compared to about 22% in 1998. The report also clearly showed that, in the long term, regular annual maintenance that prevents road deterioration costs about a quarter of allowing a road to deteriorate until it needs reconstruction. The AA called on the government to increase funding to secure the viability of the road transport industry and reduce the number of crashes. The AA warned that we need R32-billion a year to keep our roads in good shape - 1.5 percent of GDP. This is far less than the cost of traffic crashes, unnecessary road reconstruction and losses by the transport industry resulting from poor roads.

  • - 2012-12-31 19:28

    Perhaps employ more of those 34000 people that turned up in PMB over the weekend,, visible policing will help,, how much is one life valued, it is a disgrace someone should be held accountable …. And don’t say the figures are comparable, look at a country like Australia where there is visible policing death tolls are less than one hundred,

      thabo.manganye - 2013-01-01 05:45

      In s.a that will be an extra expense to drivers because it will mean having to leave 50 bucks at every roadblock u pass, another e-tolling but this time the cash won't go to the government

  • bless.boswell - 2012-12-31 19:37

    Has anyone bothered to study the annual death figures for 1st world countries? It's a real eye opener. Makes one wonder whether South Africans should actually be allowed to drive.

      makarapakaplan - 2012-12-31 19:44

      Why?? You mention it yourself 1st world, we are 3rd world can't compare!

      bless.boswell - 2012-12-31 22:24

      The mentality is third world, while we have first world technology. There's no excuse.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-12-31 19:53

    This is not exceptional compared to the road death toll during the year ..just the usual average. The noise about it is saved for Christmas and Easter for some reason.

  • thabo.manganye - 2012-12-31 20:56

    What do you expect in a country where people drive at 187km/h going to funerals

  • robert.doyle.712 - 2012-12-31 21:40

    K factor is to blame

      xolie.nkosi.10 - 2012-12-31 22:05

      yahlanya wena this aint the 80's

  • Mosotho - 2013-01-01 01:05

    Death of one man is a tragedy, more than that - it's just statistics. Joseph Stalin

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 02:34

    Andre i think we hear what you,re saying,but,i have done an analysis of who the bad drivers are,im not going to say who but i as a young man have driven home as drunk as can be without endangering other road users,i would never stop in the middle of a busy road with with my hazard lights going until my battery went flat,get my drift.

  • prmandrews - 2013-01-01 02:35

    People you know what it is plain and simple we can blame each and everone and then is stil not answer but the big thing is all the law officals the police,traffic,metro police and who els the are to scared to do paper work and they are also the people who jump the law in what they must do for them is just a job that they come to but they swear that they will protect and.... an dwhat are they doing it is when somebody doing something wrong its like they give their back and did not see a thing,when the taxi doing something wrong it is just a fine but is the fine paid at the end of day did they get the right addres is their details legit is all their paper the wright papers but this what we can ask and will we get answers so people stop the blaming and let us se what we can do to help and those in top post please stop making rules and you cant live with it,just to take you back how many peoples cell phones was take off or fines was given think about it but law officals sitting on their phones while they driving or texting but they the people whose ging you a fine when they catch us Q:WHO GIVE THEM A FINE.Thelist go on and on where everone is failing in helping like the police or traffic officals taxi drivers dont care where they stop even bus drivers ambulance drivers when you siting in traffic put their sirens on but the whole time they drive behind you and then suddentley a red light then people move when they are in the clear they put it of who will you ever know it is urgen

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 02:41

    I think the biggest problem with drivers is a lack of anticipation and non consideration for others.At 100 things happen a lot slower than at 120 therefore adjust following distance according to speed but hey only a few of us know that unfortunately.

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 02:43

    Hehehe robert!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 02:45

    Bless you arnt going to get through to that oke,mental block!

  • Mike Peach Purchase - 2013-01-01 02:48

    I agree thabo maybe getting there at a hellova speed brings back the deceised.

  • Bingo - 2013-01-01 08:12

    Make the drivers license easier and cheaper. That way, the dumb ass idiots we now share the roads with will at least have a fighting chance of passing so will not pay the R3000 and walk away with a license but have no clue of any of the rules or regulation

  • rooibok - 2013-01-01 14:50

    If you add murder the number is...what...5000?

  • godwin.symons - 2013-01-01 18:26

    Overall the people dying on the roads are the ones who should not be on the road in the first place. Think of it as a death sentence for being an ass hole on the road. We should be celebrating these deaths. Australia is now at 37 this year, this is one of their worst years! As long as making money out of policing our roads is legislated and comes before proper policing and putting an end to these deaths. Nothing will be done to stop this.

  • david.bresler - 2013-01-02 14:39

    During this festive season, my family and I were driving long-distance, in the Western Cape. Most of the vehicles driving irresponsibly, did not have Western Cape registration plates. They were overtaking (high-speed)on double barrier lines, crests of hills, and against oncoming traffic, where horses-and-trailers and busses had to pull onto the shoulder of the road, just to avoid head-on collisions. We witnesses at least 10 or so near-misses, within a 4 hour period, on the N2. The authorities were not to blame, the careless drivers were.

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